Well its close season and not much going on off and on the pitch. So we have decided to try do something different with regards to communication with you all and decided to do a review for the month of May of Trust progress/news. See below.
Our Club. The Trust set our clear expectations for the ownership and management of the football club in its letter of 28th March. This letter set the challenge for the owner to deliver against these.
Since 28th March, we have since witnessed a positive initial response from the owner, including:
- Formation of a Club board, including appointment of the nominated Trust representative to that Board (subject to passing EFL fit and proper testing) – we expect that Board to meet regularly and for the Trust representative to have full access to information regarding key operational matters and to be able to influence the club and its management through their Board level rights and responsibilities.
- A significant increase in the level of communication between the Trust and willingness to engage the Trust regularly.
- A statement of the owner’s short and medium term vision for the club released on 21st May – this doesn’t include an implementation strategy and we now need to explore with the club how the plan will be put into practice. We welcome this detailed statement that has been made and that it sets out a general aspiration for the club, including some measurable on the pitch targets. Attention now turns to delivery.
- Appointment of a new commercial manager in the month of May with a commitment to appointment of a new CEO and Head coach in the near future
We welcome the above steps taken and commitments made. These begin to address a number of the issues we have raised on behalf of the fans. They are small steps in the grand scheme of things but potentially significant ones. We generally view them as positive as far as they go.
These steps alone do not meet all fan expectations. We will continue to push for further action to be taken to ensure those expectations are met and then continue to be met in the long term. The club is in no doubt as to our position on this matter.
It has been only two months since we wrote to the owner on behalf of the fans and it would be premature to further assess the owner against these at this stage. These will be revisited over the coming months to assess whether and to what extent we feel they are being met or there is evidence that concerted efforts are being made to ensure they are met.
Our ground. Three months ago, the Trust was approached by a Fan led group who wish to acquire Boundary park and car park from our current landlords. The group wishes to remain anonymous at this stage but have promised to be as open and transparent with the fan base as/when they possibly can. You will appreciate, there are a number of commercial and contractual sensitivities that they cannot disclose yet. However, they have made a number of announcements during the month of May and you can read more by visiting the groups website on the below link:
The Trust wishes to assure fans that the six months notification period with regards to the ACV in place at BP has NOT been triggered yet.
Other news. Trust player of the season award was won by Peter Clarke. Trust Representative Darren Ratcliffe attended the award night and presented Peter with his award. It was well deserved and we thank Peter for all he has done for our club. He will be missed. Thanks to all those of you who voted on line.
George Edmundson was Trust sponsored player of the season. It is the second year in a row the Trust have sponsored George as part of mantra of re-investing in the youth academy at the club. The Trust was presented with George’s match worn shirt from the Fulham game at the award night. The Trust decided shortly after that George should have it back as a momento. Kenny Hopwood from the Trust, went to visit George and made the hand over. George was very pleased to accept it.
The Trust held a fan drop in before our usual directors meeting in May. It was informal and gave a chance for fans to come and meet your Trust team. There was approx 20 fans in attendance and we had a last minute guest from the club who was the new commercial manager Pat Cluskey. Questions were asked around the skills and experience we have on the Trust board, feedback from the Trust club/meeting, update on the Fan led group and other fan concerns. Thank you for all those fans who attended and Pat Cluskey from the club.
Trust Oldham thanks you for your continuing support and we will update you again soon.
Have a great Summer